Over the last 20 years, Luis Antonio Sánchez has dedicated himself to building a movement for social and economic justice in Los Angeles and throughout California. Mr. Sanchez currently serves as Senior Fellow for the Movement Strategy Center where he directs the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and an initiative to grow and strengthen the field of youth organizing in California especially in the Central Valley, Inland Empire, Central Coast and Orange County. Mr. Sanchez is the founder of YVote, a statewide network of 16 community and youth organizations with the goal of strengthening California’s progressive movement by transforming young voters of color into an influential voting bloc. In addition, Mr. Sanchez convenes the Orange County Civic Participation Initiative, an innovative partnership of foundations committed to increasing the quality, scale and effectiveness of civic participation in communities of color and among low-income populations in Orange County.
Mr. Sánchez is firmly grounded in the belief that education is the great equalizer in our society and that every child deserves a quality education and the resources to succeed. As former Chief-of-Staff for LAUSD School Board Member Mónica García, Mr. Sánchez successfully championed school reform models that offer students smaller, more personalized settings, and give school sites the autonomy they need to prepare all students for college and careers. As the founder and former Executive Director of InnerCity Struggle, an organization that works to improve education and the quality of life in East Los Angeles, he organized youth, parents, and community leaders to lead campaigns for safe and healthy neighborhoods, construction of new schools, securing better support systems for students, ensuring college access for all students, and increasing voter participation among low-income, immigrant, young and Latino voters in East Los Angeles.
As the former Vice President of the Los Angeles Recreation and Park Commission, Mr. Sánchez worked with the Mayor’s office to launch the Summer Night Lights (SNL). SNL is a violence prevention initiative that keeps parks open after dark by offering recreational activities, mentoring and counseling programs, meals and other services at parks and public housing complexes.
Mr. Sanchez has led many electoral campaigns in Los Angeles. He has served as a campaign manager, field consultant, or senior advisor for over 20 campaigns including school board and city council races, school parcel taxes/bond measure, and InnerCity Struggle electoral programs as an anchor of California Calls.
Mr. Sánchez is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in English and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. He resides on the Eastside of Los Angeles with his spouse and two children.